Preschool is such an exciting time for both parents and kids. It’s that huge moment when you realize your baby is growing up. Preschool is so important and helps shape the way our child develops. Not only does it help them academically, but also socially. It’s where some of their first friends come from. My pre-teen is still friends with some of the kids he met in preschool and I love that bond they have together.
But how do you choose the right preschool? There are some things you need to look into and consider before choosing what is right for your family.
Costs vary from school to school and also depends on if they are going full-time or part-time. Research the school and make sure it fits not only within your budget, but the hours your child would be going to school from. Some preschools offer after school child care which is so important when both parents are working.
The staff should be educated in early childhood development so you can be sure your child is getting the education they need. They may only be in preschool, but don’t downplay that. Preschool is so important in their learning process. You also want to make sure you are comfortable with the staff and that they are attentive to your child. It takes a special person to teach preschool and they should look forward to being around the children.
Some preschools require parent volunteers, so check with the preschool to see if there are any requirements you need to know before signing your child up.
Visit the Preschool-
Pay attention to what you see. Are the kids happy? Are the teachers interacting with the students? Kids will show you how they feel without even asking so pay close attention while you are touring the preschool. When in doubt, ask other parents you see who are dropping their kids off or picking them up what they think of the preschool.
Check to see what your child will be learning, after all… this is why you put them into preschool. I personally like a mix of science, art, math, reading and fun.
Some preschools are closed during summer vacation, so you want to check out their school calendar and see if it fits into your schedule.
Find out if the school provides lunch or snacks for your child or if you are required to bring it each day for them.
Not that you want to think about taking your child out of school the minute you are about to sign them up, but it’s always best to see what their rules and contracts are about cancelation.
Bright Horizons’ Preschool Program
A great option as far as preschools come is Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool. They are the leading provider of high-quality early education and preschool. Bright Horizons offers many different steps into your child’s education from infant care all the way to elementary schools and Montessori.
Their programs empower children from infancy on to become confident, successful learners and secure, caring people. Bright Horizons strives to grow young readers, scientists, artists, and explorers who are engaged and curious. Their programs invite children to approach school and academics with skills, confidence, and a drive for excellence.
They have centers and schools all over the United States and have been recognized as a leader in the early education field for 30+ years, so you can feel confident and safe while your child is there.
For more information please visit: Bright Horizons
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.